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Steven Rubio
Berkeley, CA
If I could describe myself in one sentence, I wouldn't need a blog.
Interests: san francisco giants, bruce springsteen, pink, teevee, sleater-kinney
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That's not my name. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Steven Rubio's Online Life
You can't get rid of the Babadook. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Everything good dies here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Good call on School of Rock. George and Ringo are perfect Beatles, and they should have made whatever solo music struck their fancy. But they are also the perfect example of who should be in the Hall more than once: John and Paul deserve solo acclaim, George and Ringo do not. Now I've got "Edge of Seventeen" in my head.
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
I'm often surprised by how much Sesame Street is part of American culture. So I didn't know the Feist/SS video existed, and I had to post it.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2018 on music friday: 2007 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
We're living in the future, none of this has happened yet. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Come out tonight while the moon shining right Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Robin ended up watching Bourdain as well, although her reasons were different: she wanted to say how HK had changed since she went, pre-changeover.
Keep your drink just give me the money. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
When I first saw your comment, without context in my email, I thought "that's nice of him to say, but it wasn't THAT good of a blog post." It was only when I clicked here that I realized you were talking about my Brandauer piece. Thanks for reading, and thanks for the compliment. I liked that one, too. Got $300 for it, which is how you know it wasn't one of my academic pieces ... I've always said you can tell the academic essays by the lack of a paycheck.
Not silly at all. I wrote a piece for an anthology on Bond (linked to above ... Never Say Never Again ... you can buy it for 99 cents!). I chose to write about Best Villain, and I chose Brandauer. I wrote: As the film progresses, it’s hard not to imagine Brandauer in the hero’s role. Connery’s return is decent enough; he’s in great shape, and the maturity of his passing years fits well with his performance. But Brandauer is like a better, blonder Roger Moore, or even, to project forward in time, Pierce Brosnan, and his presence works off Connery’s, gives us the opportunity to simultaneously examine the original and a rather kinky alternate version, one that is just as suave and witty and worldly as Connery, but off kilter enough to suggest new possibilities for the character of 007.
Miss Case seems quite attractive for a lady. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Thanks for the response. It's comments like this that keep me going. You did better than I did ... I didn't even check out the New Murphy. There's probably something to write about the difference between TV in 1992 and TV today. Overload, if nothing else. Went to a new-to-the-U.S. HK film at a short festival, English title The Brink, with Jin Zhang and Shawn Yue (I will never figure out how they decide in the West which name to put first). Good for it what it was, but as with Murphy Brown, it's not 1992 any more. With a lot of martial arts fight-fests now, I just wish I was watching Iko Uwais.
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Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
She's gonna even out the score. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
Every single one of us could use some mercy now. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
I wrote this in 1992. It was the first quasi-academic piece I ever published. Because of the title, it was linked to by a few right-wing sites, who likely didn't read the article but just agreed with the title. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life
You know what? I did a fucking great job. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Steven Rubio's Online Life